Harmony Science Academy San Antonio will be administering final exams for 6th thru 12th grade students during the last week of the school year. The finals are used to test each child on all of the content areas that the student has mastered throughout the semester. Final exams are an integral part of preparing all students for future academic pursuits.
Final Exam schedule will be as stated below:
*May 28, 2013 (Tuesday) Math Final Exam – 8:00-9:45 am.
*May 28, 2013 (Tuesday) Social Studies Exam - 9:50-11:40 am.
*May 29, 2013 (Wednesday) Science – 8:00-9:45 am.
*May 29, 2013 (Wednesday) ELA -9:50-11:40 am.
* After the finals, there will be no early dismissal and students will follow their regular schedule after 11:40 am
** All non-core subjects' finals will be given during their regular class time.
*** Make sure your child does not miss any of these finals.
ELEMENTARY SCIENCE FAIR
Our Elementary Science Fair was a great success this year!!!! All the students who participated did an outstanding job and we could not be prouder of them. We would like to thank all the judges who took time out of their schedules to meet and talk with our young people, our tireless parents who always manage to get here early and stay late to help and of course, our generous sponsors for donating wonderful gifts in addition to the trophies provided by the school administration. Thank you all and we look forward to another great event next year.... STAY TUNED!!!!
2012-2013 Science Fair Winners in order from 1st place to 5th place
The Harmony Singers Receives a Superior Rating at the Pride of Texas Music Festival
On Tuesday May 14, The Harmony Singers, under the direction of Mrs. Abigail Silva, received a 1st Division “Superior” rating at the Pride of Texas Music Festival in Seguin, Texas. This choral group shined with solo performances, harmonies, and wonderful vocal blends to create beautiful music. Congratulations to the following students:
Gifted and Talented students from HSA at GT Conference
On May 10, 2013, 6th and 7th grade Gifted and Talented students from Harmony Science Academy participated in the 1st Annual GT Student Conference, “What’s Your “GIG”?-The Gift of Giftedness”, sponsored by Region 20, Education Service Center in San Antonio. Gifted and Talented (GT) students participated in interactive learning experiences by attending different sessions geared specifically toward GT students. LaVonna Roth, Educational Neuroscience Consultant/Author and International Presenter from Minds That Matter, was the Keynote Speaker for the event. Also, as part of the event, students donated needed item for the Dream Center - San Antonio, to benefit needy families in the area.
Congratulations to Zechariah Robichaux and Alfred Blancas
We would like to Recognize two of our Young Aspiring Students.Congratulations to Zechariah Robichaux and Alfred Blancas 5th graders for earning the achievement of the "Arrow of Light". The "Arrow of Light" is the highest rank earned by a member of the Cub Scouts. From the Harmony Family to Yours, Congratulations!!
Congratulations to Alejandra Lorenzen!
This was her 1st year in I-Sweeep( International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment Project Olympiad)!
Alejandra Won 3rd Place overall in the Environmental Category -She Garnished: 2 Scholarships worth- $4,000.00-Texas Tech University $2,000.00- Texas University @ Austin Engineering Program and For Bronze Medal Winners they received $150.00.
Thank You to the staff members and her parents that have assisted her over the years and Congratulations as well to her Fellow peers that have competed at this International Level!!
The Robot Rumble Challenge
Dear Harmony Family,
We are proud to announce our accomplishment during The Robot Rumble Challenge over the weekend. Our middle school robotics team ended up with 2nd Place in Programming Category. Please congratulate the following students for their success: Aleyna Martinelli, Kyle O’Donnell, Mikeyla O’Donnell and Isaac Alexander.
What is Robot Rumble Challenge?
The Robot Rumble Challenge is based on the SumoBot Challenge with some very distinct changes. Instead of two robots facing off against each other, each trying to push the other off the playing surface, there are four robots on the playing field working in alliances of two.
Congratulations! Isaac Alexander, one of our sixth graders has been selected as a Year 1 participant in the San Antonio Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) 2013! PREP was founded in 1979. It is a challenging program that maintains high standards and is recognized and respected by area high schools and colleges. The program is six weeks long and will be held at The University of Texas at San Antonio – Main Campus.
The American Psychological Association’s TOPSS division for high school students recently honored two HSA students for outstanding work in AP Psychology. Dilawal Singh and Iqra Qazi have both been nationally recognized for their hard work and outstanding performance in high school psychology. The students’ names will be featured on the APA website in June. Congratulations!
6th Grade Spanish Field Trip
6th grade Spanish students went on a field trip to the Market Square in Downtown San Antonio. We ate lunch at Mi Tierra Cafe and Bakery and were able to practice food and restaurant vocabulary, manners, and etiquette in Spanish.
EXXONMOBIL Texas State Science & Engineering Fair
HSASA students have participated in EXXONMOBIL Texas State Science & Engineering Fair. We appraise following students for the effort and contribution for STEM: Alejandra Lorenzen, Okan Dereyayla, Jessica Johnson and Claudia Aguero. We would like to congratulate all students, parents, and teachers who made this success happen.
We are pleased to announce our first win against Higgs with the score 14:0 in Central Texas High School Soccer League. They played well leaving no chances to oppenents to have the ball and to score. We hope to continue our form in a high level and bring more wins for our school. Our next match is on April 4th at 5:00 pm against ACTCHS. Lets support our team. The match will be at Rodriguez Park - 2060 Rodriguez SA 78227. Hope to see you there.
This year our High School Robotics team represented our school at Lone Star Regional in Houston during March 7 thru 9, 2013. Despite of being Rookie team, they did excellent job. It was three day full of experience, fun and excitement. They were working with engineers from NASA, National Instruments from 8 am to 8 pm. There were teams from all around Texas, Mexico and Hawaii. There was a tremendous atmopshere at the Regionals. We hope this experience will help us build more stronger robotics program at Harmony. Special thanks goes to school and Mrs.Perez for transporting our robot to competition.
We are proud to announce our accomplishment during FLL Regional Robotics Competition 2013. It was a long day for them full of stress and excitement.They did really well. Congratulations Tiger Cubs.
What is FLL?
Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
HSA-SA joined to Science Olympiad Regional Competition
Science Olympiad Team reached a big success for Harmony Science Academy-SA joining to Science Olympiad Regional Competition. We would like to thank Mr. Gecmenler, Ms. Hoffman, Ms. Prado, Mr. Dundar, Mr. Yayla, Mr. Demirel, Mr. Kundak, Mr. Keles, Mrs. Dundar, Mrs. Gulsah, Mr. Cavusoglu, Mrs. Vega, Nur Marthinelli, and Selcuk Kahramanoglu for their dedications and supports and help to our students. Job well done.
Division B (Middle School)
3rd Place - Anatomy - Sydney King& Catherine Vega 3rd Place - Write it Do it - Avery Shepherd & Aleyna Martinelli 3rd Place - Keep the Heat - Diego Rivera & Nicholas Vasquez
Division C (High School)
1st Place - Robot Arm – M. Baris Barin & Jordan Winters 1st Place - Mag Lev Benjamin Vega& Alejandra Lorenzen 3rd Place - Boomilever - Adrian Lujan & Darek Peterson 3rd Place - Thermodynamics - Alejandra Lorenzen& Benjamin Vega.
Congratulations to our High School Track and Field Team
Congratulations to our High School Track and Field Members coached by Ms. Ybarra, this past Saturday they competed in Houston and qualified for state championships dated for this March 2, 2013 in Austin.
Stem Conference at Menger Hotel by Harmony Science Academy
Conference Information: Joined about 500 educators and learned about the best STEM curriculum and instructional practices in order to encourage innovation and collaboration. In addition to educators, the Texas STEM Conference encourages STEM employers, business leaders, policymakers, parents, and non-profit organizations to attend this conference to learn how Texas can engage its stakeholders in this critical dialogue about STEM education and workforce readiness. This is the 7th Annual Texas STEM Conference.
Our school presented "STEM Curriculum and Extracurricular Activities by Future Scientists, Engineers" and afternoon we demonstrated 16 Science Projects. it was a huge succes. We got plenty of positive feedbacks from teachers, professors and other visitors.
NCLB Report Cards
Section 1111(h)(2) of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires each local education agency (LEA) that receives Title I, Part A funding to disseminate specific LEA and campus level data to 1) all LEA campuses, 2) parents of all enrolled students, and 3) make the information widely available through public means, such as posting on the internet, distribution to the media, or distribution through public agencies.
Harmony Science Academy-SA is submitting the attached photos from the Honorary Page Program in Austin, Texas for the February issue of The Harmony Times.Honorary Page Program at the Austin Capital- seven of our students got selected to Page for Texas House Representative Jose Menendez on February 4, 2013.
Harmony Science Academy-SA participated in the Joint Base San Antonio Top III Hope Worldwide Children's Holiday Party on December 15, 2012. Our students held a Toy Drive so they could provide toys to the children of our troops. The students also setup games to entertain the families that participated.
Attention Parents: Due to Harmony Science Academy processing our checks thru TeleCheck please do not send your child with checks for payments made for the school. If you must please make sure you fill out the attached form along with the check, we will not accept without the form. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
We attended Science Olympiad Invitational at Harmony Science of Innovation Forth Worth last Saturday(01/12/2013). Our Science Olympiad teams did a really good job.Our special thanks goes to Mr. Gecmenler, Mr.Dundar, Mrs.Prado, Ms.Hoffman, Mr.Keles, Mr.Demirel, Mr.Yayla, Mrs.Cavusoglu, Mr.Kundak, Mrs. Vega, and Chelsie Martinelli.
At the Science Olympiad Invitational - Fort Worth, TX. 18 teams competed & we placed in the following divisions.
Division B (Middle School) 2nd Place - Anatomy 3rd Place - Crime Busters 3rd Place - Mousetrap 3rd Place - Rocks and Minerals 3rd Place - Picture This 4th Place - We've got your number
Division C (High School) 3rd Place - Science Word 4th Place - We've got your number 5th Place - Chemistry Lab 5th Place - Disease Detective
RACE TO THE TOP-DISTRICT AWARD
The Department of Education today announced Harmony Public Schools as one of the Race to the Top-District winners. HPS joins 15 other applicants as the final district winners that will share nearly $400 million in grant money from the Department of Education. HPS will be awarded roughly $30 million grant to work toward supporting personalized student learning, improving student achievement and educator effectiveness, closing achievement gaps, and preparing every student to succeed in college and careers. read more . . .
Annual Cyber Patriot Conference and Exposition
On December 6, 2012 cyber team from Harmony Science Academy attended Annual Cyber Patriot Conference and Exposition which was held by Alamo Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). This year’s theme was ‘Mission Assurance in a Global Changing Environment,’ and included notable speakers from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), US Air Force and US Marine Corp Chief Information Officers, as well as the Office of the Secretary of Defense Director of the STEM program.
AFCEA is a non-profit organization which directly supports the community nationally through the AFCEA Educational Foundation and locally through the chapters with scholarships and awards to students with degree programs in the sciences. The Alamo Chapter has awarded educational scholarships in excess of $150,000 over the last 6 years.
Several of our Harmony Science Academy Tigers- Senior Class attended a trip to the Golden State of California. Students visited California Institute of Technology in Los Angeles (CAL-TECH), University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), toured Hollywood and House of famous people including the late and great Michael Jackson! From Los Angeles we traveled miles to the north to visit Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. We also got to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and went to Pier 39 where crab season was on and Alcatraz was in good view!! Last stop was downtown San Francisco, china town, union square, and more shopping for the girls!! UCLA WAS A FAVORITE FOR ALL- GO BRUINS!!
Two students from Harmony Science Academy San Antonio, Paul Huron IV and Christian Villareal recently participated in the 15th annual Washington Youth Leadership Seminar (WYLS) held in Washington DC. Not only were they participants for this prestigious event, both students clearly showed their leadership and advocacy skills in the many activities prepared for them. Even from the beginning of the Seminar, student Paul Huron IV gave a few opening remarks about the importance of being a leader in the community. Both Paul and Chris heard from and met many important figures such as League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Director Richard Roybal, and US Army Major Stenhagen. The students asked questions and talked to panelists consisting of a Legal Assistant to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and executives from technology companies such as Verizon and Google. Paul and Chris were invited to view the US Army’s Cyber Command where they learned about the importance of cyber security and how Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) is used in our daily lives. The students visited Capitol Hill and the White House while on this incredible journey. At the end of the ceremony, Paul and Chris talked to LULAC President Margaret Moran at the reception as they discussed the importance of achieving a higher education in an ever changing world. These students truly exemplify what the Harmony school system does. Harmony creates effective thinkers, producers, and leaders. We are grateful that these students were chosen to represent Harmony in our Nation’s Capital.
9th Annual MATHCOUNTS - Mathletes in Action
Dear Harmony Family,
To secure America's global competitiveness, MATHCOUNTS® inspires excellence, confidence and curiosity in U.S. middle school students through fun and challenging math programs. With the generous support of all MATHCOUNTS® sponsors and volunteers, and leadership of the National Society of Professional Engineers at the local and state levels, MATHCOUNTS® is providing today s students with the foundation for success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. Over the past weekeend our Mathletes represented our school during 9th Annual MATHCOUNTS competition. They competed against schools all around Texas. They did a great job! Give cheers if you see these students. Roar Tigers!!! You will never walk alone!!!
Harmony Science Academy - Bryan/College Station, Harmony School of Advancement (Houston), Harmony Science Academy Fort Worth, Harmony Science Academy (Houston), Harmony Science Academy El Paso, Harmony Science Academy Dallas, Harmony Science Academy-North Austin are the campuses that made into Newsweek's list.
Four Harmony Campuses Made into the Challenge Index
Washington Post has announced its Most Challenging High Schools list of 2012. Four Harmony high schools made the Challenge Index and three of them in the top 100 out of 1900 schools in the list.
The Challenge Index of Washington Post ranks high schools since 1998 based on the student achievement on IB, AP, and college level tests (SAT, ACT, etc.) and graduation rates. The index score is the number of college-level tests given at a school in 2011 divided by the number of graduates that year. Also noted are the percentage of students who come from families that qualify for lunch subsidies (Subs. lunch) and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career, called equity and excellence, (E&E). A (P) next to the school's name denotes a private school.
Harmony Public Schools and 60 Minutes: Setting the Record Straight
A segment of the May 13 television news show 60 Minutes included references to Harmony Public Schools (HPS) of Texas that may have left some inaccurate impressions. Please note the following facts about Harmony Public Schools, all of which were shared with 60 Minutes before the show was broadcast: Read more at Harmony Public Schools and 60 Minutes: Setting the Record Straight
Letter to Key Stakeholders Regarding The New York Times Article
From Superintendent Dr. Soner Tarim To the Harmony Public Schools Community: A disappointing article on charter schools in this week's New York Times attempts to put Harmony Public Schools in Texas in a context that is not accurate, necessitating this brief response. Many of us at Harmony Schools cooperated extensively with the Times on this story over the last several months, providing documents, interviews, tours and dozens of detailed responses to specific questions in good faith. But, as sometimes happens, the end result was not entirely what we had hoped. See the rest of Dr. Soner Tarim's response here: http://harmonytx.org/news/122/letter-to-stakeholders-on-ny-times-article/
It is the policy of the Harmony Science Academy Charter School to locate and identify any child who contacts or enrolls in the Charter School who may have a disability and be in need of special education and related services, regardless of the severity of the disability, in accordance with its procedures as reflected in the CHILD FIND legal framework of the Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Special Education Process, located at: http://framework.esc18.net/. read more...